Janet Jackson kicked off her “Unbreakable” World Tour by breaking down in tears. The singer was overcome with emotion as she sang to her adoring fans in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday night.
In a video from TMZ, the 49-year-old singer is seen wiping tears from her eyes. “I love you so much, so much, so much,” Jackson tells the audience. “And I’ve missed you!”
It was Jackson’s first tour date in four years. The “Rhythm Nation” singer had been on a hiatus, but now she won’t get to rest for months. The “Unbreakable” World Tour will visit Canada, the U.S. and Japan before concluding on March 9 in Florida.
Jackson’s tears didn’t interrupt her long set list though. Digital Spy reports that the singer belts 31 songs on the tour. While a few new tracks are included, there is a heavy focus on the hits that audiences already know, like “Nasty” and “All For You.”
The “Unbreakable” World Tour’s set list also included a few duets. Jackson performed her hit “Scream,” a duet with her late brother, Michael Jackson. While Michael was the only deceased performer in Janet’s set list, she sang with other a few other absentee performers as well. Missy Elliot raps on video in “Unbreakable,” and J. Cole does the same on “No Sleeep.” Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” is also played during “Any Time, Any Place,” which was sampled in Lamar’s track, according to the New York Times.
Though Elliot was not at the performance, she sent her best to Jackson.
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 31, 2015
A new album is expected to be dropped while Jackson is on tour, but a release date hasn’t been announced. However, her collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are very excited for audiences to hear her new tracks. “I think it’s totally different from any of her other albums,” Jam told Entertainment Weekly. “But it feels like her. At the end of the day, I go back to that. The thing about this album is there’s a lot of different places that it touches, but at the end of the day, it’s pure Janet.”